17 August 2007

Rescue



Thing 1 and I engaged in a water rescue operation this afternoon. A green darner dragonfly was clutching the edge of the pool cover, unable to get itself out of the pool due to surface tension on the water plus a pretty stiff breeze. We managed to fish it out--miraculously, without either of us falling into the pool--but it was too wet to fly. I was afraid one of the resident pigeons would eat it for dinner, and everytime we tred putting it down somewhere, the wind started carrying it back toward the pool. So we put the dragonfly in amongst my rather overgrown lemon verbena, where I hope it was able to hang on, dry off, rest up, and continue its buggy existence.


The side benefit of all of this to us was that we got a really close view of a gorgeous animal, and I even managed to get a few decent pictures. That's a water shoe liner it's hanging onto in the picture on the left. You definitely should click on the picture for a closeup view.

6 comments:

Sharon, in San Francisco said...

This is awesome, in the true sense of that word! Clicking on the picture provides amazing detail...I don't think I've ever seen a dragon fly up close. Thank you Phyllis!

Does Thing 1 realize how much she learns just hanging out with Mom?

Leanne said...

What a fabulous photo of a truly stunning creature!

Crowzma said...

You and Thing One have my applause. I love dragon flies and heartily approve of your rescue mission.

Kris said...

Wow - that's an amazing photograph! I'm just passing through as I work my way down the list of blogs on the Secret Pal network, but had to comment on the dragonfly.

Anonymous said...

Tee-Hee! SecretPal checking in... this is going to be fun!

Knatolee said...

What a beauty! And Thing One is cute too :)

I love dragonflies and damselflies and I have never seen so many as there are around our current place. They especially like to land on my kayak while they're having sex. :D